Mark Baines Motorsport team’s karters were in the thick of the action and provided the highlight of round 2 of Trent Valley Kart Club’s championship at the Paul Fletcher international circuit, with a staggering, record-setting 320 entries to the meeting.
The Mexborough-based MBM Team’s drivers, Joe Willoughby and Freddy Spindlow, had qualified in 3rd and 6th place for the IAME Cadet kart Final.
At the start the leading drivers swapped places so by lap 2 Spindlow was 4th and Willoughby in 5th, but with the ultimate teamwork they were running in tight formation.
Looking like a tandem kart, so close together were the pair they appeared as one, it being impossible to see Spindlow’s rear number plate.
With two laps to go, the duo move into 3rd and 4th place, and steadily closing on the 2nd-placed kart on the final lap.
As they approached the chequered flag, the MBM duo did a bomb-burst from behind the 2nd-placed kart, one going either side: Spindlow managing to clinch the runner-up spot and Willoughby only 0.22 seconds adrift in 4th place!
Spinlow also took the race fastest lap, beating the previous IAME Cadet record by 0.3 seconds and 0.21 mph.
Joe Ellison, racing for MBM in the Minimax category, qualified on pole ahead of 32 drivers, initially he lead for the first two laps.
Unfortunately he fell to 3rd while having to avoid various crashes, but fighting back he managed to work his way onto the tail of the front two.
Then on the last lap, Ellison snatched 2nd place, only 0.1 seconds off the winner across the line. “Overall very happy with the weekend!”
Two ‘local’ karters efforts deserved mention in the Senior X30 category. Tom Healey from Sheffield started the final from 32nd place making up an amazing 22 places in the space of a 12 lap race – he took 6 places alone on lap 4, and at least two places on every other lap.
Barnsley’s Brendan Pattison showed true Yorkshire grit even if he does not know when he has had enough...
In Saturday morning’s first session he blew an engine after only 3 laps, his next heat was ruined by brakes binding.
His third session was cut short by a cracked crankshaft, but managed to get some decent track times in the fourth session with another engine strapped in.
For Sunday’s first heat Pattison was in 3rd a few laps from the end before an engine malfunction and he failed to finish.
Starting 18th in the second heat he got up to 8th at one point before the engine mount bolts snapped, although he finished 12th, vibrations broke the starter motor so the kart would not start for the third heat.
Dismantling the kart to start it, meant he went out dead last (25th) rather than 15th, but got up to 16th in 3 laps, only to get smashed off the track.
Fixing the starter motor, everything was looking good for Pattison in the B final, but after 2 laps engine temperatures were 118 degrees, “so I thought ‘no, I’m not blowing up another engine’ and when I pitted there wasn’t any water in the radiator. A great weekend to remember but one I’d rather forget!”